Prints-Themed Fashion Week

This week’s fashion theme was prints and patterns. See previous weeks’ themes here and here. I tend to wear solids, so it was fun to rummage through my closet and find items I had forgotten about or haven’t worn in quite some time. That’s the beauty of these themes – they push me to actually choose the items I otherwise would pass over.

Do you have clothes like that in your closet? Perfectly good, quality, cute clothes that you never want to wear, but then you wear them and love them? Yup, me too. Glad we’re on the same page.

This week’s picks were a mix between old and new pieces with my standard gold accessories. Though I have about 10 black and white striped shirts, I opted for a brighter striped printed dress for day one with a statement necklace to add some vertical interest. Day two, I was really feeling fall, so I dressed up a plaid blouse with a camel blazer with a striped cuff detail – while this wasn’t a very daring mix of prints, I plan on playing more around with mixing patterns this year. Any tips are welcomed!

Masculine Deets, Feminine Chic

In a society that is all about the going green and the recycling craze, what is trendier than fashion? Every season we look towards ‘what’s new,’ although trends really just echo their past. Silhouettes and accessories today reflect styles from history: high collars and ruffles of the 19th century, sharp tailoring of the 30’s and 40’s, feminine flounce of the 50’s, and iconic Ray Ban’s made popular in the 80’s.

One of my favorite trends that resurfaced in 2010 is menswear for women. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not all about the completely androgynous look because we are women after all, and really, only supermodels can pull off the boxy look or blousy trousers that make the rest of us look like shapeless clowns dressing up in our dad’s clothes. I mean honestly, who needs extra volume on their hips and thighs?

Heels Themed Week

As you may have read in last week’s post, Black and White Themed Fashion Week, my friend and I periodically go through fashion ruts where we feel totally uninspired, hate our clothes, or have “nothing to wear.” Enter friendship fashion themed weeks to the rescue! By setting a theme to my fashion, I wear items I ordinarily do not think to wear, it gives me more purpose to choosing my outfit, and makes getting ready fun again.

This week’s theme was heels. I was a little skeptical because I’m a teacher and a mom, so I’m on my feet all day. However, since I normally do not wear heels anymore, this week made me feel especially feminine and special, and I found out that some of my heels are actually more comfortable than any flats I own! (And one pair made me want to cut my feet off…)

See this week’s outfits of the day paired with my heels in an Instagram-esque visual post. Keep up with me to see my #OOTD and more sneak peeks into my little world on Instagram.